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The symbols for the elements of the periodic table are often very similar to their names. In cases where they are different from their names, it is usually because of their name in Latin or German.

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There are few elements that have different symbols as compared to their names. Examples are sodium, potassium, tin, lead.


Symbols of the chemical elements are abbreviated forms of the names.


Symbols are used to shorten the names of the elements.


It is filled with the names (or chemical symbols) of elements.


some elements do not use their first letters of their English names as their symbols. The symbols for these elements may come from the names of the elements in a different language.


The symbols are universal and the names are different in each language


It's easier to navigate the periodic table and write chemical equations and formulae once you know the symbols for the elements. However, sometimes it's easy to confuse symbols of elements with similar names. Other elements have symbols that don't seem to relate to their names at all! For these elements, the symbol usually refers to an older element name that isn't used any more. Here's an alphabetical list of element symbols with the corresponding element name. Keep in mind that the names for the elements (and their symbols) may be different in languages other than English.


There are more than 118 elements found. They are in the periodic table in order. We use Latin names for them.



The periodic table is for chemical elements, not for planets. Some chemical elements are named after the names of planets: mercury, uranium, plutonium, neptunium.


some of the symbols for elements in the periodic table differ from their names as their syymbols are base on their latin names, for instance, sodium, symbol Na comes from natrium the latin name, same for other elements such as lead (plumbum) and tin (selenium) and so on


He is the chemical symbol for Helium. In the periodic table we use the chemical symbols to identify elements easily because some elements have rather long names.


The periodic table usually displays the symbols and names of the elements, along with information about the structure of their atoms.


The names might be too long to be written on the periodic table, so symbols are preferred.


Symbols come from latin names of the elements. Example: Tungsten(W), W stands for wolfram.


Some symbols of the elements are taken from the Latin names of the elements. In iron's case, it's Latin name is ferrum.



The names on the periodic table of Mendeleev are the names of chemical elements.


We use symbols for elements. Those are Latin in names. There are above 118 elements.


The letters on the periodic table represent the name of the elements. They are called the element's "symbols." They are usually related to the English names, but some, like lead, are related to their Latin names.


some elements have their symbols directly from their names. Eg: oxygen-O,nitrogen-N some get symbols from their latin names. eg: Potassium-K from Kalium (Latin for potassium)


No. Most of the symbols for elements are derived from their names in English. Most of the elements were not even known in ancient Greece.


Well the Periodic table is not an Alphabet chart that needs to inculde all the letters. Elements in the Periodic table get their names from Greek language and so do their symbols and IUPAC is incharge of that.


It is important for scientists around the world to agree on the names and chemical symbols of the elements so that all scientists around the world all know what they are talking about. If there were different names for each elements and symbols around the world it would confuse people.


Mercury. That's why it's still abbreviated "Hg" on the periodic table. Several elements have symbols that don't match their names because ancient people (usally the Romans) had different names for them.



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